History WorldBuilding / TheWellspringEmpire

4th Oct '15 3:04:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* WarriorPrince : Upper-level aristocrats who abdicate have next to no career prospects in the real world and are stuck with highly intrusive security requirements. The solution is to have them enter the military at the top levels and become Warlords. Warlords form the web that knits together separate House militaries into unified Imperial forces. Most enter the Courier service, where their training as bureaucrats is most useful. Warlords also come up from the House rulerships via the convention that most people who have planetary rather than prefectural citizenships [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs have multiple careers]] and one of those careers is usually with a Sovereign Service.

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* WarriorPrince : Upper-level aristocrats who abdicate have next to no career prospects in the real world and are stuck with highly intrusive security requirements. The solution is to have them enter the military at the top levels and become Warlords. Warlords form the web that knits together separate House militaries into unified Imperial forces. Most enter the Courier service, where their training as bureaucrats is most useful. Warlords also come up from the House rulerships via the convention that most people who have planetary rather than prefectural citizenships [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs have multiple careers]] careers and one of those careers is usually with a Sovereign Service.
2nd Mar '14 3:23:08 PM Prfnoff
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The Armistice ends unspectacularly, almost as though the two sides have [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen finally, grudgingly agreed to sit down and get back to work]]. Six months later, however, the League pulls off another couple of stunning attacks right at the heart of Imperial territory: a raid ''within'' the atmosphere of Madira that wreaks major destruction on several mainland cities, and the complete annihilation of three Taigne lunar arcologies. Again, though, these attacks are only superficially successful and [[{{Self-Destructive Charge}} come at great cost]]. The League can only keep up for another seven years before the Empire begins to [[CurbStompBattle roll them over]] with extreme prejudice.

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The Armistice ends unspectacularly, almost as though the two sides have [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen finally, grudgingly agreed to sit down and get back to work]]. Six months later, however, the League pulls off another couple of stunning attacks right at the heart of Imperial territory: a raid ''within'' the atmosphere of Madira that wreaks major destruction on several mainland cities, and the complete annihilation of three Taigne lunar arcologies. Again, though, these attacks are only superficially successful and [[{{Self-Destructive Charge}} [[SelfDestructiveCharge come at great cost]]. The League can only keep up for another seven years before the Empire begins to [[CurbStompBattle roll them over]] with extreme prejudice.
4th Sep '13 9:52:13 AM ChaoticNovelist
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In this period, the first of the Great Weathermakers is identified by one of the mysterious mandala artifacts left behind by the Founders. According to a loose accumulation of what are believed to be prophecies, the mandalas will identify the greatest of the Weathermakers - ones who are destined to carry on the legacy of the Founders. Naturally, very few people ''believe'' in the prophecies, but after some of them get fulfilled with surprising accuracy, Imperial historians begin to wonder if they aren't [[XanatosRoulette elaborate plans set in place]] by the Founders. Andrina Warren is the first person to be identified as a Great Weathermaker, on the largest of the mandalas on the planet Phoenixwell. Nobody knows what she is supposed to do, per se, so they appoint her Temple Lord of Phoenixwell. Given that she was already a Scholar of some renown, the role suits her well.

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In this period, the first of the Great Weathermakers is identified by one of the mysterious mandala artifacts left behind by the Founders. According to a loose accumulation of what are believed to be prophecies, the mandalas will identify the greatest of the Weathermakers - ones who are destined to carry on the legacy of the Founders. Naturally, very few people ''believe'' in the prophecies, but after some of them get fulfilled with surprising accuracy, Imperial historians begin to wonder if they aren't [[XanatosRoulette [[GambitRoulette elaborate plans set in place]] by the Founders. Andrina Warren is the first person to be identified as a Great Weathermaker, on the largest of the mandalas on the planet Phoenixwell. Nobody knows what she is supposed to do, per se, so they appoint her Temple Lord of Phoenixwell. Given that she was already a Scholar of some renown, the role suits her well.



The Colony of Tchaliska gets off to a surprisingly good start, considering its leadership. Not all is well, though. Jonas Ondein, [[AxCrazy mad Temple Lord of Lunawell]], is alone in sensing Inga's breaking of the Seal. At the same time, the slow leach of power back into the Wellspring prompts some tension in weathermakers, who are almost imperceptibly regaining their abilities. Ondein takes advantage of the fact that [[TheRival all of the other Great Weathermakers]] have been appointed to the Colony's leadership by Sejayon [[ChainedHeat to force them to work out their differences]] to start throwing assassins at them all. His efforts are partially stymied by two, if not more, [[AncientTradition Secret/Sacred Societies]] who have already positioned themselves on the new Colony. While the Empire mourns for Temple Lord Tseng Sayuen, butchered on the watersteps of a newborn city, a number of players are [[XanatosSpeedChess setting down pieces for the opening moves]].

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The Colony of Tchaliska gets off to a surprisingly good start, considering its leadership. Not all is well, though. Jonas Ondein, [[AxCrazy mad Temple Lord of Lunawell]], is alone in sensing Inga's breaking of the Seal. At the same time, the slow leach of power back into the Wellspring prompts some tension in weathermakers, who are almost imperceptibly regaining their abilities. Ondein takes advantage of the fact that [[TheRival all of the other Great Weathermakers]] have been appointed to the Colony's leadership by Sejayon [[ChainedHeat to force them to work out their differences]] to start throwing assassins at them all. His efforts are partially stymied by two, if not more, [[AncientTradition Secret/Sacred Societies]] who have already positioned themselves on the new Colony. While the Empire mourns for Temple Lord Tseng Sayuen, butchered on the watersteps of a newborn city, a number of players are [[XanatosSpeedChess setting down pieces for the opening moves]].
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27th Apr '13 2:55:03 AM SeptimusHeap
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In the unconquered part of the Sihaya Consortium, a handful of surviving nobles put together a resistance, using the so-far uncorrupted [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja military services intelligence agencies (MSIA)]] as their network. They assemble a [[SpacePirates pirate fleet]] of former [[GundamJack Navy ships]] and begin to retake relay chains one node at a time. With control over most of the [[VoiceOfTheResistance communications network]], they are able to isolate conquered planets and coordinate resistance activities on all of them. When the Red regime turns on the Courier Service for its unwillingness to hand over Weathermakers amidst its ranks, the Service finally signs up with the revolution. A number of key defections from the upper ranks of the Empress' cadre trigger a chain reaction tipping the board in favor of the Sihalese faction and its [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits extensive array of allies]]. Part of this chain reaction is the final implementation of Inga's Wellspring seal, which makes it impossible for the Red regime to find Weathermakers. The Empress succumbs to extreme paranoia, believing that her government is being infiltrated at every level and that when the time is right, someone will crack the seal and let the [[EverythingTryingToKillYou infiltrators destroy her utterly]].

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In the unconquered part of the Sihaya Consortium, a handful of surviving nobles put together a resistance, using the so-far uncorrupted [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja military services intelligence agencies (MSIA)]] as their network. They assemble a [[SpacePirates pirate fleet]] of former [[GundamJack Navy ships]] ships and begin to retake relay chains one node at a time. With control over most of the [[VoiceOfTheResistance communications network]], they are able to isolate conquered planets and coordinate resistance activities on all of them. When the Red regime turns on the Courier Service for its unwillingness to hand over Weathermakers amidst its ranks, the Service finally signs up with the revolution. A number of key defections from the upper ranks of the Empress' cadre trigger a chain reaction tipping the board in favor of the Sihalese faction and its [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits extensive array of allies]]. Part of this chain reaction is the final implementation of Inga's Wellspring seal, which makes it impossible for the Red regime to find Weathermakers. The Empress succumbs to extreme paranoia, believing that her government is being infiltrated at every level and that when the time is right, someone will crack the seal and let the [[EverythingTryingToKillYou infiltrators destroy her utterly]].
14th Mar '13 6:41:10 AM Telcontar
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It is in this environment that a pro-Weathermaker Empress succeeds the Throne on the strength of her [[TemptingFate experience and qualifications]], despite public protest. This is exactly how the [[MagicAIsMagicA meritocratic system]] designed by the Seherithan Court is supposed to work: the monarch is selected without recourse to ideology or popularity. Unfortunately, the Empress' own Court is laced through with people who have put ideology and anger over their sacred duties. Factions conspire in secret and corruption has propagated through the highest levels of the Imperial Court, including the Guard. The Courier Service continues to serve the Court, doing nothing but primly point out countless incidents of corruption with mild disdain. Its ideology of [[AlienNonInterferenceClause official neutrality]] is widely interpreted to mean [[SomebodyElsesProblem non-interference]]. The people who were around for the last round of Imperial failure grow uneasy, but as many of them are Weathermakers themselves, they find themselves shut out.

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It is in this environment that a pro-Weathermaker Empress succeeds the Throne on the strength of her [[TemptingFate experience and qualifications]], despite public protest. This is exactly how the [[MagicAIsMagicA meritocratic system]] designed by the Seherithan Court is supposed to work: the monarch is selected without recourse to ideology or popularity. Unfortunately, the Empress' own Court is laced through with people who have put ideology and anger over their sacred duties. Factions conspire in secret and corruption has propagated through the highest levels of the Imperial Court, including the Guard. The Courier Service continues to serve the Court, doing nothing but primly point out countless incidents of corruption with mild disdain. Its ideology of [[AlienNonInterferenceClause official neutrality]] is widely interpreted to mean [[SomebodyElsesProblem [[BystanderSyndrome non-interference]]. The people who were around for the last round of Imperial failure grow uneasy, but as many of them are Weathermakers themselves, they find themselves shut out.
20th Oct '12 1:29:46 PM StFan
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It is in this environment that a pro-Weathermaker Empress succeeds the Throne on the strength of her [[TemptingFate experience and qualifications]], despite public protest. This is exactly how the [[MagicAIsMagicA meritocratic system]] designed by the Seherithan Court is supposed to work: the monarch is selected without recourse to ideology or popularity. Unfortunately, the Empress' own Court is laced through with people who have put ideology and anger over their sacred duties. Factions conspire in secret and corruption has propagated through the highest levels of the Imperial Court, including the Guard. The Courier Service continues to serve the Court, doing nothing but primly point out countless incidents of corruption with mild disdain. Its ideology of [[{{Alien Non-Interference Clause}} official neutrality]] is widely interpreted to mean [[SomebodyElsesProblem non-interference]]. The people who were around for the last round of Imperial failure grow uneasy, but as many of them are Weathermakers themselves, they find themselves shut out.

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It is in this environment that a pro-Weathermaker Empress succeeds the Throne on the strength of her [[TemptingFate experience and qualifications]], despite public protest. This is exactly how the [[MagicAIsMagicA meritocratic system]] designed by the Seherithan Court is supposed to work: the monarch is selected without recourse to ideology or popularity. Unfortunately, the Empress' own Court is laced through with people who have put ideology and anger over their sacred duties. Factions conspire in secret and corruption has propagated through the highest levels of the Imperial Court, including the Guard. The Courier Service continues to serve the Court, doing nothing but primly point out countless incidents of corruption with mild disdain. Its ideology of [[{{Alien Non-Interference Clause}} [[AlienNonInterferenceClause official neutrality]] is widely interpreted to mean [[SomebodyElsesProblem non-interference]]. The people who were around for the last round of Imperial failure grow uneasy, but as many of them are Weathermakers themselves, they find themselves shut out.



* The '''Imperial Courier Service''' : The Courier Service abides [[{{Alien Non-Interference Clause}} strictly by a creed of objectivity and openness]]. It conducts and stores all government communication and maintains a vast body of standards and measurements. It is, through great effort, culturally and politically neutral. Despite its [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bureaucratic nature]], however, it too has [[BadassBureaucrat elements of the paramilitary]].

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* The '''Imperial Courier Service''' : The Courier Service abides [[{{Alien Non-Interference Clause}} [[AlienNonInterferenceClause strictly by a creed of objectivity and openness]]. It conducts and stores all government communication and maintains a vast body of standards and measurements. It is, through great effort, culturally and politically neutral. Despite its [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bureaucratic nature]], however, it too has [[BadassBureaucrat elements of the paramilitary]].
9th Mar '12 9:13:45 AM ccoa
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{{Immortality}} ''Type III'' : Wanderlings mature slowly, achieving puberty between the ages of twenty and thirty, and don't reach full physical and emotional adulthood until about forty-five. Their life cycle lasts between 160 and 200 terrestrial years (which are about half the length of Imperial standard years). Towards the end of a life cycle, a Wanderling experiences five or six years of severe and rapid decline in physical health and often severe mental illness. The transition from one life cycle to the next is a violent, painful illness that may last as long as three or be as brief as a single night. A Wanderling nearing the transition will withdraw from contact with friends and families and may enter a monastery or wilderness retreat. After the transition, a Wanderling spends a good decade readjusting, and experiences a second youth with all of the associated irresponsibility and reckless self-indulgence.

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{{Immortality}} ''Type III'' : {{Immortality}}: Wanderlings mature slowly, achieving puberty between the ages of twenty and thirty, and don't reach full physical and emotional adulthood until about forty-five. Their life cycle lasts between 160 and 200 terrestrial years (which are about half the length of Imperial standard years). Towards the end of a life cycle, a Wanderling experiences five or six years of severe and rapid decline in physical health and often severe mental illness. The transition from one life cycle to the next is a violent, painful illness that may last as long as three or be as brief as a single night. A Wanderling nearing the transition will withdraw from contact with friends and families and may enter a monastery or wilderness retreat. After the transition, a Wanderling spends a good decade readjusting, and experiences a second youth with all of the associated irresponsibility and reckless self-indulgence.
15th Dec '11 7:31:14 PM Oreochan
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GattacaBabies : About half of all Wanderlings who bother to reproduce do so with PeopleJars. Any combination of two sets of genes can be used to create an embryo, so same-sex unions and unions between normally infertile individuals are normal. PeopleJars are used for countless other medical purposes, making them a standard feature of intensive care wards.

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GattacaBabies DesignerBabies : About half of all Wanderlings who bother to reproduce do so with PeopleJars. Any combination of two sets of genes can be used to create an embryo, so same-sex unions and unions between normally infertile individuals are normal. PeopleJars are used for countless other medical purposes, making them a standard feature of intensive care wards.
24th Jul '11 11:19:38 PM shimaspawn
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At around the same time, the House of Madira and the House of Phoenixwell are locked in spiraling economic warfare and shameless rivalry on the interstellar stage, to the point where aristocrats and civil servants of both Houses are [[RunningGag getting themselves slapped with exile orders]] [[RuleOfFunny left and right]] by baffled and annoyed Imperial officials. Ambassador Sinclair Taigne has met with one [[FacePalm simply for having the misfortune]] to get assigned on the Phoenixwell side of the diplomatic GambitPileup and being known to have Richard de'Madira, assigned to the Madiran side, for an occasional lover. The planetary aristocracy of Madira are [[WeAREStrugglingTogether hashing out]] [[GambitPileup a plan]] and trying to come up with a [[UnwittingPawn candidate]] for the ducal throne who won't immediately be [[NoJustNo voted down]] by the House Council. Out of this mess emerges several people, only one of whom is actually a candidate for Duke, and a number of situations that indicate to all involved that RealityIsOutToLunch. The upshot of this tangled and bizarre mess is the appearance on the scene of one Lucretius Inga, the spoiled, over-emotional son of an out-of-touch rural provincial, identified by the Shining Mandala of Madira as one of the Great Weathermakers. Inga is in fact a genius wardmaker, if he would only [[TooDumbToLive set aside his personal melodrama]] and focus.

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At around the same time, the House of Madira and the House of Phoenixwell are locked in spiraling economic warfare and shameless rivalry on the interstellar stage, to the point where aristocrats and civil servants of both Houses are [[RunningGag getting themselves slapped with exile orders]] [[RuleOfFunny left and right]] by baffled and annoyed Imperial officials. Ambassador Sinclair Taigne has met with one [[FacePalm simply for having the misfortune]] to get assigned on the Phoenixwell side of the diplomatic GambitPileup and being known to have Richard de'Madira, assigned to the Madiran side, for an occasional lover. The planetary aristocracy of Madira are [[WeAREStrugglingTogether hashing out]] [[GambitPileup a plan]] and trying to come up with a [[UnwittingPawn candidate]] for the ducal throne who won't immediately be [[NoJustNo voted down]] down by the House Council. Out of this mess emerges several people, only one of whom is actually a candidate for Duke, and a number of situations that indicate to all involved that RealityIsOutToLunch. The upshot of this tangled and bizarre mess is the appearance on the scene of one Lucretius Inga, the spoiled, over-emotional son of an out-of-touch rural provincial, identified by the Shining Mandala of Madira as one of the Great Weathermakers. Inga is in fact a genius wardmaker, if he would only [[TooDumbToLive set aside his personal melodrama]] and focus.



The alien civilizations of the Rim for one reason or another decide that they need the interstellar resources that have been occupied by Imperial colonies. Unfortunately for them, these colonies are now well-established Imperial worlds, complete with fully functional House governments and metastable economies. Furthermore, the Imperials who dwell on them are [[NoJustNo highly uninterested]] in picking up and leaving their homes to be digested into raw materials. The outer civilizations organize themselves into a military alliance which the Imperials call "the League". This doesn't happen suddenly: it's a gradual transition that occurs through two lengthy Imperial dynasties, and very few people are aware of it.

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The alien civilizations of the Rim for one reason or another decide that they need the interstellar resources that have been occupied by Imperial colonies. Unfortunately for them, these colonies are now well-established Imperial worlds, complete with fully functional House governments and metastable economies. Furthermore, the Imperials who dwell on them are [[NoJustNo highly uninterested]] uninterested in picking up and leaving their homes to be digested into raw materials. The outer civilizations organize themselves into a military alliance which the Imperials call "the League". This doesn't happen suddenly: it's a gradual transition that occurs through two lengthy Imperial dynasties, and very few people are aware of it.
21st Jul '11 2:11:58 PM CaitsMeow
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* LightTheWay / PowerGlows : Some weathermakers like to make their stuff glow in realspace for visual reference. Light generation is a basic and practical technique.

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* LightTheWay LightEmUp / PowerGlows : Some weathermakers like to make their stuff glow in realspace for visual reference. Light generation is a basic and practical technique.
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